Women In Boardsports Retreat – The Headlines

WOW!! If like us you’ve been following the minute-by-minute updates of the #wib2011 on twitter then you’ll know that the 2011 Women In Boardsports Retreat held in Saas Fee was eye opening, insightful and inspiring – and remains the top forum for girls from the across the skate, snow and surf industries to come together, exchange ideas, discuss challenges and have a good dollop of fun along the way!

There were so many great speakers (link) from both industry professionals and riders’s that it would be impossible to share it all with you – but we have provided all the key headlines from the discussions, along with links where we can. Hope it helps:

Day 1 (link)

Deb Friedman (Global Brand Manager Nike) presents “ensuring that everyone associated with Nike 6.0 is having a great time, is part of the success…” and “how we all can contribute our share to make the ‘Girl effect’ really happen…”

Anne-Flore Marxer (pro snowboarder) presents “driving changes within the Women Freeride World Tour…”

Mimi Knoop (pro skater) presents “the state of women in skateboarding…” which we trust included mention of The Alliance and Hoopla.

Bettina Bolliger (nutrion expert) presents “introduction to the basics of healthy and good living…”

Elske Hazenberg (Skatepark Amsterdam) presents “a vision of womens skateboarding in Europe…”

Kate Apanui (lifecoach) presents “a workshop about energy management…”

Day 2

Cori Schumacher (pro surfer) presents “the consequences of commodifying boardsports for women as ‘fashion’ versus ‘a healthy and empowering activity’…” and “do you identify yourself with the girls in the boardsports adverts?”

Christine Waeber (Bluesign Technologies) presents “a journey to sustainable clothing…”

Sophie Friedel (international volunteer) presents “how Skateistan came to existence and her experience…”

Lilian Muscutt (journalist) presents “women in the Extreme Sports scene…”

Day 3

Lesley McKenna (Roxy Snow Team manager) presents “WTF is about boardsports that is so special anyway?!…”

The End

We of course haven’t mentioned any of the skate sessions or snow sessions that took place – any of the delicious meals, kareoke or chill out times, but you can check out all the amazing photos over on the Flickr photostream here.

Word has it that the next retreat will be in Miami. Watch this space or the WIB facebook page for the all the latest or their blog here.

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